§ 50 Safety work in the event of industrial disputes
In the event of industrial disputes, the responsible party shall implement necessary measures to maintain a satisfactory level of safety.
The employer and employees in the individual enterprise shall, in advance, enter into an agreement for safety work in the event of an industrial dispute. Such agreements shall contain
- A run-down agreement: How activities will be phased out and wells secured in accordance with the applicable well programme, and which functions and positions are part of this work.
- A safety staff agreement: Which functions and positions are part of the safety work after the shutdown has been carried out and completed, and what the safety crew is to do.
The employees shall participate in necessary safety work according to such agreement prior to halting work.
The safety crew shall be described in the facility's general crew plan.
Section last changed: 01 January 2011
The operator shall see to it that necessary agreements regarding safety work in the event of labour disputes are entered into as early as possible, between those employers and employees that can be included in such a dispute, also when these are the operator's contractors or subcontractors.
As regards production activity, there will in many cases be procedures for how to shut down this activity. These are procedures for shutting down under normal conditions, but will also apply during a labour dispute situation. The employer and employees in the individual company shall, however, enter into agreements obligating them to participate in this shutdown work in the event of a labour dispute. If shutdown procedures are not available, the agreement shall also contain these. These are agreements that are typically entered into between the operator and the employees, and they can be entered into well before a possible labour dispute.
A rundown agreement for a mobile facility is entered into between the employees and the employer of those covered by the collective notice of resignation.
When the rundown work has been carried out, the agreed safety manning can be established. The agreement regarding safety manning is entered into for each production facility between the operator, any other principle undertaking and the employees. If the contractor will be part of the safety manning, an agreement shall be entered into between the employer and the employees. These agreements shall be entered into well before a labour dispute occurs. The agreements shall be available when production starts. Any provisions regarding termination of the agreement for safety manning should be designed such that there is ample time to prepare a new agreement before a possible labour dispute occurs.
Agreements regarding safety manning for mobile facilities shall also be entered into well before a labour dispute occurs. These agreements shall be available when consent is granted. Typically, a general agreement will be entered into for mobile facilities between the central federations on both the employer and employee side. In addition, an agreement is entered into between the principle undertaking and the employee organisations regarding safety manning for the individual mobile facility.
In accordance with Section 39, first subsection of the Management Regulations, the operator shall, in the event of a labour dispute, submit an overview of ongoing and planned drilling and well activities to the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway within seven days following the notice of collective work stoppage. The operator shall, within four days following the the notice of the final extent of the collective work stoppage, submit an assessment of the labour dispute's consequences for the activity to the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway. An assessment of the labour dispute's consequences and the need for rundown activity and establishment of safety manning shall be carried out based on who is on strike at any given time.